Ms. Ankita Gupta as bariatric psychologist, spents her day evaluating patients planning surgery and helping to monitor their needs before and after procedures.
She begins by going over patients’ motives for having the procedure, their mental health histories and any symptoms, such as disordered eating. She checks whether cognitive deficits, behavioral issues or stressors in patients’ lives might keep them from adhering to post-surgery lifestyle changes. She also assesses their social support and when patients want to exercise instead of watching television the way they used to.
Ankita also educates patients who view surgery as a quick fix. “Surgery is just a tool, not a cure for obesity,” she tells her patients. “It’s like we’re giving you a blank slate and you have to fill it.”